Looking back, just a little bit.

2010 was a strange year.

Outside of the spheres I usually write in, it just felt weird — I’m talking on a personal level here.

I moved on to Farleigh Dickinson, taking the next step toward my goal of becoming a professor. I started this blog, which indirectly pushed me to write and research a lot of things that I only had a passing interest in. Over the past year, I feel like my writing has improved greatly. While I’ve always sort of had my own style, I’ve only recently started to become comfortable in it. I am improving that areas that I am weak in and reinforcing my strengths. While I’m not quite where I want to be, I am making progress in that direction.

It’s a good feeling.

Yet, I feel like it isn’t enough. One of my resolution’s this year was to “write more” — and I think I’ve accomplished that… yet it isn’t enough. I need to write more than… more. Specifically, I need to focus more on the “creative” side of things. I’ve been meaning to write a few short stories, but I can’t seem to nail down any concrete ideas. Perhaps I need to just start writing and seeing where I go? I suppose I’m in that age-old writer’s dilemma that prevents them from even starting. Not for long though! I’ve found that recently I don’t have to “force” myself to write, rather I just feel a surge of energy coming on and I just build on that. With a little extra energy, I feel like I could bend that sort of thing to the creative realm.

In addition to the creative, I’d also like to write a philosophical piece. I always mention “balance” as the core of my belief(s), yet I don’t believe many understand what I mean. I think a great series of posts (or even more of an academic essay, geeze) could be useful to list exactly what the hell I’m talking about. It’d be nice to point people to a solid, concrete description of what that term means to me, anyway. If there even is such a thing as “concrete” when it comes to belief…

But I digress!

To date, I’ve posted 38 different articles to this blog since August. While I’m sure that isn’t many in comparison to what is out there, it is something I’m pretty proud of. I typically do very little planning when it comes to writing all of these articles. Usually an idea comes with me and I just run with it, even if I’m not sure if it will work. Some ideas remain in permanent limbo as drafts — never to see the light. Others end up becoming pretty popular, driving a ton of traffic to this site (for the curious among you — the “most popular” articles were this and this).

As far as blog writing goes, I really enjoy having a place to vent my opinions in a place where they can be read by friends and family — and the occasional random visitor.

Past that? Well, one of my goals for this year is to submit (a lot) to a couple lit mags. I really want to get my name out there. It would be nice to have a thick writing portfolio to show off by the time I have my terminal degree. Honestly, it would be nice to have an expanded portfolio by the end of the year. Perhaps I could make the end of 2011 a sort of check-point toward that goal.

I’d also like to start up another blog. I’ve been tossing the idea around of a gaming blog that focuses on “serious” issues, basically the culture and where it is going (and the positives/negatives surrounding it). I’ve considered posting that sort of thing here, but ultimately I’d like to bring in other opinions and this blog is strictly for my views on subjects.

Considering the controversy that often surrounds the gaming community (plus the nature of the community itself), I feel like a blog targeting more intelligent issues could be particularly successful. I’ve already pitched the idea to a few fellow writer friends of mine, and they seem to like the idea.

Outside of all of that, I’d like to get into writing morning pages again as well.

Two years or so ago a friend suggested that I look into this book. One of the exercises it suggested (the very first, actually) was to write three pages of anything every morning. The idea is that it encourages you to spill your thoughts on to the page, which can be therapeutic and also inspire creativity. I filled up two notebooks with morning pages before gradually moving away from them. In retrospect, they really helped me quite a bit and I need to get back into them.

Welp, time to get back to more productive (Ha! Yeah right!) things!

Hope everyone out there enjoys the end of 2010. 🙂

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